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Tuesday, November 3, 2020

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Santa Clara County's Voting Centers are open until 8 p.m. tonight. Even if you have not registered to vote yet you can still cast a ballot at any voting center if you are eligible to vote through Conditional Voter Registration.

I hope this finds you well.
Second Harvest Food Bank is issuing an urgent call for volunteers to help distribute food to the 500,000 people now receiving food assistance every month.

In the wake of the economic crisis caused by the pandemic, the number of people relying on Second Harvest for nutritious groceries has doubled as many in our community who have never sought assistance before are struggling with food insecurity because of a job loss or other economic disruption.

In response to the crisis, Second Harvest and its partner agencies have continued to open new distribution sites throughout Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, including 130 new drive through sites to help ensure the safety of both volunteers and the public.

These new sites have created a significant need for more volunteers to staff them. Second Harvest and its partners have struggled to fill open slots and many distribution sites have been operating with only half of the needed workforce. 

Individuals and groups can volunteer to hand out food at distribution sites located throughout Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, or to sort and box food at Second Harvest’s warehouse at 4001 N 1st Street in San Jose. You can sign up for volunteer shifts here

Volunteers must be in good health and adhere to county mandated safety measures, including social distancing and wearing masks and gloves. The minimum age to volunteer is 14, and all volunteers under age 18 must have a signed electronic permission slip on file at least 48 hours before their shift. High risk populations are asked not to volunteer at this time. 

COVID-19 has created unprecedented childcare challenges in Santa Clara County for both families and providers.  

The County Office of Education serves as the childcare resource and referral agency in Santa Clara County, helping connect families to safe, high-quality childcare. It also assists licensed childcare operators with the support they need to be successful during the pandemic.

Families can visit the Office of Education's childcare portal here to find licensed care for children of all ages. Providers can register and find more information at the same portal.
Free COVID-19 Appointment Testing
  • Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, Parking Lot A:
    • 344 Tully Rd., San Jose
    • Tuesdays through Fridays from 12 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    • Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Free COVID-19 Drop-In Testing
  • Roots Community Health Center:
    • Antioch Baptist Church, 268 E. Julian St., San Jose
    • Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Gardner Health Services:
    • Mexican Heritage Plaza, 1700 Alum Rock Ave., San Jose
    • Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • AACI Health Center:
    • 749 Story Rd., #50, San Jose
    • Fridays 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • South County Annex (formerly Del Buono Elementary):
    • 9300 Wren Avenue, Gilroy
    • Tuesday, November 3 through Friday, November 6 from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Emmanuel Baptist Church:
    • 467 N. White Rd., San José
    • Tuesday, November 3 through Friday, November 6 from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • San Ysidro Park:
    • 7700 Murray Ave., Gilroy
    • Wednesday, November 4 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Public Health Resource Hub:
    • 1775 Story Rd., San Jose
    • Friday, November 6 from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Residents can make appointments (often same day) and find more testing locations throughout the County at or by calling 2-1-1. 
Santa Clara County COVID-19 Case Numbers, Hospital Capacity, and Testing Dashboards Can Be Found Here
The Santa Clara County Agricultural Commissioner has released the 2019 crop report. It shows that the gross value of the County’s agricultural production last year was $305,067,000, an increase of 3.1% from the 2018 value of $295,837,000.   

Nursery crops are back in the number one position with a value of $81,215,000, after falling behind mushrooms in 2018.  With the closing of one mushroom farm and the opening of two large nurseries in south county, the nursery industry has a firm hold as the top agricultural crop in the County. 

Mushrooms also had a strong year with a value of $78,646,000.  Lettuce continues its third place on the list from previous years. Pepper production dropped by $2.5 million from 2018 but is still securing its number four position on the list. Walnut acreage is on the rise because young trees are beginning to mature and come into production. This trend will continue for a year or two, with trees coming into full production.  

In 2019, 21 different agricultural commodities grown in Santa Clara County exceeded $1,000,000 in crop value.  

This year’s Crop Report highlights Urban Agriculture in Santa Clara County. Urban Agriculture convenes and educate the community about farming, nature, and sustainability. More importantly, it can improve food sovereignty and provide food access for those in need. Last year the County's urban agriculture included 35 community gardens and 51 additional sites.

You can read the entire crop report here

Be well,
Copyright © 2020 Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez, All rights reserved.

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